Category Archives: RIP

R.I.P. Robert Conquest

Robert Conquest, one of the most important and influential historians of the 20th century (who started out as a poet, the guys he palled around with were Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin) has died at the age of 98. His … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Vincent Bugliosi

Most famous for successfully prosecuting Charles Manson and his murderous “family,” Los Angeles prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi has died at the age of 80. “It was so quiet, one of the killers would later say, you could almost hear the sound … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Mary Ellen Mark

My first job was as a page at a local library. I would go there after school, shelve books for a couple of hours, and then head home. I ended up working there all through high school. Because one of … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Anne Meara

Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara If you look at Anne Meara’s IMDB page, you will see that unlike other elderly actors (especially actresses), there is no “gap” in her career. There are no “off” years. She had steady reliable gigs, … Continue reading

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R.I.P. B.B. King

Two “King”s. Backstage at Ellis Auditorium, Memphis. Legendary bluesman B.B. King has died at the age of 89. A long life and a six-decade career. He toured constantly, almost up until the very end. The news had come that his … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Albert Maysles

The death of documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles comes at a coincidental moment almost too good to be believed: The famous 1975 documentary he co-directed with his brother David, Grey Gardens, is – at least in New York – starting a … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy

While I was never a Trekkie, I watched Star Trek growing up in their endless re-runs and can barely separate out the television show from my actual real-life childhood. They are my memories. Star Trek was like The Brady Bunch … Continue reading

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You Don’t Own Me: R.I.P. Lesley Gore

The great Lesley Gore passed away last week at the age of 68. I wrote this piece a while back. Lesley Gore, performing “You Don’t Own Me”, on the 1964 T.A.M.I. Show, directed by Steve Binder (who also would end … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Lizabeth Scott

Lizabeth Scott, of the smoky voice, the tough hard eyes, the lean body with beautiful dangerous curves, has died at the age of 92. Hers was not a lengthy career and it petered out a bit after the heyday of … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Edward Herrmann

With a career as long and diverse as Edward Herrmann’s there is much to discuss, but I decided to talk about just one moment he has in Warren Beatty’s Reds, a moment that (in its small way) helps make the … Continue reading

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